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Friday, 26 February 2010


Even that poorly read cat Dark Puss knew the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam! You have quoted some of my favourite verses too. Glo, I didn't know of the Hertford version; than you, though for me the cat is a little too cute.

And there is even a feline version written by Oliver Hertford (with cute illustrations by the author himself), which I heartfully recommend to Dark Puss - I am sure he knows it already though. See in this link

Wishing to both Mr Bagshaw and Dark Puss a nice week end.

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